“As a reminder, these should not be taken as a signal that the risk is gone. Covid-19 is still here, still deadly, still contagious. It is purely a recognition of the costs of continued shutdowns and heavy regulation,” Reeves said on Wednesday during a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
A 10 p.m. cut off time for restaurants and bars that serve alcohol has been lifted under the new order; and gyms and fitness center may increase the number of customers to 50% capacity, Reeves said.
The new order allows outdoor and indoor arenas to open under social distancing restrictions, such as limiting seating capacity to 25%, and following guidelines for business operations are in effect under Executive Order No. 1492, according to the governor’s website.
The amended safe return order will remain in place until 8 a.m. on June 29.